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i'll talk about that and a university president on why some of the worst income inequality is showing up in college towns. that's this sunday 7:00 pm eastern, 4:00 pm on al jazeera america. thanks for joining us. ♪ >> i'm john siegenthaler in new york. crisis in ukraine. deadly confrontations along the russian border at a dangerous new level. russia warns of consequences. >> we are right in the city and they don't even know how to find us. >> the brazen group, behind the attacks and kidnapping of african schoolchildren. lethal respiratory virus
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spreading through the middle east. >> the egyptian wonders of the world. >> and celebrating a decade of singing in new orleans. >> and ukraine a country out of control. the military launched a new offensive against pro-russian forces in the east. between those that support the ukraine governments and those who want to join russia. we go to the port city of odessa. homa hamid reports. >> the trade union building was set on fire after a day of violent flashes between pro-russian and prounity fighters, the intensity of their
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smoke sent some jumping for their lives out their windows. dozens of others died suffocating. ukrainian police had been deployed earlier in the day but were unable orestrain either side. the clashes in o odessa underlie the problems that face the interim government. ukrainian forces launched a new offensive in the so-called anti-terror operation in the town of slovyansk here in the east. black sea town of oh december ot started earlier in the morning as ukrainian forces destroyed several pro-russian checkpoints norts of thnorth of the town. claimed by portable surface to airline missiles. proof the interim government says of moscow's involvement on the ground. this man is said to be a
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ukrainian pilot who survived from one of the helicopters. he is apparently being cared for by proseparatists. >> he was abandoned by his own people. >> ukrainian forces managed to retake this tv transmission antenna. it was seized by moscow supporters in a bid to control the message. all ukrainian channels had been taken off the air. but the message of both sides is spreading throughout country. the clashes that engulf streets of odessa, hundreds of kilometers away from the pro-russian heart land in the east, are a sign to put the entire country at risk and the question for many here is how close is the russian direct military intervention now thatful of its supporters have lost their lives, hamid al
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jazeera donetske. >> let's look at the areas where fightings has broken out, areas that some believe could become part of russia. one area, crimea has already voted to become part of russia. but along the black sea if those regions block away from ukraine like crimea did ukraine would be cut off from major ports and some appliance. it would be nearly land locked. and if russia controlled those regions it would have to access all the resources. now, russia says it's not the aggressor. john terret joins us. john. >> that is stance taken throughout this crisis by the russians. vitaly cherkin, said the geneva
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accord signed back in april is effectively dead now and he blamed ukraine, kyiv and its western backers for letting that happen. in response, the council heard from the measured response from kyiv. samantha power the u.s. ambassador to the security council talked about 26,000 square kilometers of land presently being fought over by ukraine and russia and said throughout this 63 day crisis the ukrainians have tried to end it peacefully. here's more about what samantha power had to say. >> as its country has been carved up, as foreign operatives have arrived, ukraine has continuously day after day shown
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remarkable almost unimaginable restraint. >> samantha power and the french ambassador had a good turn of phrase as well. he said all of this happening around ukraine and its borders was like a bad spy novel and moscow had opened a pandora's box that would be very difficult to close, john. >> thank you, john terret. two world leaders grappling with a country perhaps on the brink of war with russia. more from libby casey in washington. >> president obama and chancellor merkel stood side by side in the rose garden and spoke with one voice threatening broader sanctions for russia if it continues to foment unrest in ukraine. >> if we see in fact the destabilization continuing so severely that it impedes elections on may 25th, we will not have a choice but to move
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forward with additional, more severe sanctions. >> translator: i agree with the american president. that they are not an end in itself but combined with the offer that we want diplomatic solutions, it is a very necessary second components to show that we are serious, sceers abou --serious about our altern. >> energy flows from russia to europe, those continue to even in the midst of the cold war. at the height of the cold war. so the idea that you're going to turn off the tap on all russian oil or natural gas exports, i think is unrealistic. >> reporter: president obama said instead sanction he could hit the arms sector, or line of trade.
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the two world leaders held their first meeting in two years. germany's leaders are still angry over revelation of nsa eavesdropping on merkel's private phone calls. the chancellor says there's room to cooperate over intelligence. >> yet there are differences of opinion on what sort of balance the strike between intensity of surveillance, trying to protect the citizens against threats and on the other hand protecting the individual privacy and individual freedom. >> reporter: president obama said he was pained to see the degree to which the snowden disclosures had strained his personal relationships with merkel and the strong u.s. alliance with germany. tried reassure merkel that the u.s. citizensful. >> have taken the unprecedented step of ordering our intelligence communities to take privacy interests of non-u.s. persons into account in that everything they do.
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thank you very much everybody. >> but the two parted ways friday without hammering out a l potential u.s. spy or intelligence agreement. libby casey al jazeera washington. >> 20 years ago today, flaight beganatobegan its potato world i being push for new members. >> a sense that the end of the cold war ushered in the end of history. an end to insecurity. at least in europe. and end from aggression by nation states. but russia's actions in ukraine shatter that myth and usher in bracing new realities. >> secretary hagel said the alliance was as real than ever.
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nato expansion invited russian aggression, joins us tonight from providence, rhode island, terrence, welcome. >> thank you john. >> is ukraine on the brink of war? >> i think ukraine is already in a war but it's a proxy war with russians. they are engaging russian sponsored forces in their own country and i think that fighting's already begun. it's going on for a while obviously intensified today, this is already war in ukraine with a russian sponsored source in their own soil. >> let's take a look at this map i showed eligibility earlier. and it shows the regions regionf donetske, crimea and ukraine,
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what impact does it have on ukraine? >> i think russians are going ofind it a lot harder to get control of those regions. one misconception a lot of people have and unfortunately a lot of people in russia have is these regions will be as simple to take as crimea. crimea was in some ways a unique case because of the number of russian he that live there, because of its history with russia. kharkiv, donetske,ness slovyansk, are not going to just move into you russia. >> does it give them access to those crucial ports to ukraine and appliance as well? >> i'm not sure that that's why they're doing any of this. they -- i think they had -- one of the things that i find surprising, i shouldn't say surprising but i think one of
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the things that's disturbing about this crisis is that the russians are going to great lengths to seize things that they really already had. that they had access to. their base in crimea was in no danger. their arrangements with ukraine were in no danger. and i think this is less about resources than it is about politics. and particularly, about politics in moscow more than anywhere else. >> what about the new round of sanctions? what impact do you believe they'll have? >> sanctions historically don't have a good record of getting countries to change their minds or any time soon. by the time sanctions really start to bite russia in any way i think would matter to putin or his whole circle this whole drama is going to be played out. i think the only people who can up the issue to be russia, is the ukrainians themselves.
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seizing these areas or at least foment many trouble in those yawrs is not going to be -- areas is not going to be the low cost operation as in crimea. >> will ukrainians put up a fight? is that the situation today? >> i think that's the message that the ukrainian government is certainly sending as of today and they are simply not going to hand these areas over to, well we're calling them separatists, i call them russian proxies or russian supported forces. they are make it clear they are simply not going to turn these areas over without a fight. a government that doesn't try control its own territory isn't really a government. i think that's partly what the russians are trying odemonstrate, that kyiv really can't control its own territory. >> if the sanctions don't work then what other options does the united states have? >> we really don't have many other options. we can provide more aid to ukraine.
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we can provide more money to ukraine. we can start talking about different kinds of lethal and nonlethal aid to ukraine. but mostly all we can do is beef up nato, to increase cooperation with the ukrainians but in the short term there isn't much we can do. unfortunately the ukrainians are left to face this situation on their own. >> as always thomas, thank you. >> thank you. >> now to afghanistan where at least 500 people died in a landslide that wiped out an entire village. rescue operations are underway. there are reports of over 2,000 people lived in a small village north ever kabul. more from hydar abassi. >> the police chief of the province said nothing can be dorn, thousands believed to be under the rubble. >> now we can only help the
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displaced people. those people trapped under the landslide and have lost their lives it's impossible to do anything for them. they're dead. >> reporter: the focus now is on the survivors. they have been getting food from the afghan army. nato soldiers are in touch with the afghan army it said. a response is being mobilized to those who survived or dplaised with some -- displaced or some on the ground. ground. the access road cannot take heavy machinery. us president barack obama has pledged support. >> we stand ready to help our afghan partners, as they withstand this are tragedy. >> the landslide because caused by heavy rain that has affected
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five provinces. in the past week, floods have killed at least 180 people. but the scale here is plelts different and mourning has already gun. hadir abassi, al jazeera. >> let's bring in cerchg. how hard it is to -- let's bring in kevin corriveau, how difficult it is to get arnold in. >> northern part of afghanistan, the roads that come into here are secondary roads, anything going through here is river valleys, that's all we're talking? let me go a little bit closer in right there, and you can see a lot of these villages are within these river valleys. notice these river valleys as shown on google earth are fairly dry. what is happening now is besides
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the rain that has fallen over the last week causing a flooding in the area, a lot of the snow in the hiefe higher elevations s melting. when it does rain in this area, a lot of the rain will funnel down within these ravines and valleys and it causes of course the mountains to be very unstable. this particular area is very notorious for landslides. unfortunately this particular landslide happened to fall into one ever these populations. they are talking about in the area where there was about a thousand residences. 300 are covered. some of the mud in this region, anywhere from 30 o90 feet deep. unfortunately more rain is expected in this area. we expect to see another two to three inches within the next week. >> kevin corriveau, thank you. up next, more questions about the sinn fein leader gerry
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are. >> police in northern ireland have another tray hours to question gerry adams, the leader of sinn fein a political party that has been associated with
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the ira. questioned about a 1972 murder. tim frend reports from northern ireland. >> a dark side within the northern ireland police is threatening stability here, according to sinn fein's martin mcguinness. in connection with a notorious murder during the so-called troubles. >> it is clear that there are elements of the psna, what some in that force and i mean very senior people in that force, have decided are -- have described to us as the dark side. and these are people who continue to work through a negative and 18th peaceful agenda and are involved in political policing. >> mr. adams denies any link to killing of mother of 10 jean
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mcconville's murder. she was wrongly accused of being a police informant. adams arrest has been extended under the antiterrorism act. all tensions are not far from the surfacing here. sinn fein says some police are against the reform process and have been told this by reformers within the force. other political parties here who have been physically attacked because of their views. >> the violence that we see in northern ireland cannot even be compared to the violence that i experienced as a young person growing up in this city. but that undercurrent of paramilitarism and rule of law, that we can still have recourse
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to protest when we don't like the political outcomes is still is there and still rife. >> arrest of mr. adams of sinn fein is politically motivated and time to damage their upcoming local and european elections. but insist he will be exonerated. tim friend k al jazeera, northern ireland. metro officials blame a signal failure, an incoming train crashed to one that was already in the station. passengers had to force open doors and get on the tracks to get away. a new york city subway train derailed in the borough of queens today. 19 injured, four seriously, passengers said the cars tilted and shook before four cars jumped the tracks.
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freedom of speech, critical to strong democracies. richelle carey, is here. richelle. >> saturday may 3rd is especially significant. journalists are constantly under pressure to you slow the story from both sides. being. a group of jo urntl journals were detained in eastern ukraine friday. clarissa ward explained what happened. >> we had to stand against a wall with our hands like this when all of our belongings were taken from us. >> mike in a tweet wrote, we were taken from a pro-russian checcheckpoint. the ordeal took three hours.
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(u) taken into captivity in eastern ukraine by pro-russian forces. >> they pulled a hat over my eyes, then went through my pockets, took everything i had out of my pockets. took my coat off of me. threatened to make me get on my knees, didn't end up making me get on my knees. and then they taped my hands behind my back. and you know threatened to shoot me a couple of times. the whole procedure seemed like its purpose was to intimidate me as much as possible. >> and in syria, named as one of the 10 most influential people in the world because of his work there. you douglas franz says an open press is an essentially part of society. >> an astack ons from freedom -- an attack on press freedom inchm
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anywhere is an attack on press freedom everywhere. franz also commented on the issue in egypt. >> freedom of expression is one of the underpinnings of democracy just like resume of law, just like political reconciliation. and just like tolerance and respect for human rights of everyone. >> tomorrow marks the 21st anniversary of world press freedom day, the day also honors journalists who have died, while covering conflict and 70 journalists were killed in 2013. the work that ends up helping others, quite frankly. >> mohamed fahmy, is to be
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honored during world press freedom day, and another al jazeera colleague, peter greste, has been honored, here is what the letter said. >> growthings to you all on world press freedom day. here in egypt we've been imprisoned along with other journalists as part of what the egyptian government has indicated as their own war on are journalism, we've seen countless protests around the world. an extraordinary online campaign, together have been unprecedented in the struggle to protect press freedom. we of course are deeply moved and strengthened by the outpouring of support but we also understand that this isn't just about the three of us.
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our case has become empolicemen attic of the free document press worldwide. if by arresting us the government tried to send a message then the campaign for our release has sent an unequivocal response and it's one that's being heard everywhere. we're confident that in time and hopefully soon, all three of us will be acquitted and released. >> that's from the letter written by peter greste. al jazeera's journalists have been detained for 125 days. they are accused of providing a platform for the outlawed muslim brotherhood now claimed a terrorist organization. a virus that kills one out of three people that get it shows up first in the united states. how big is the threat? and the secretary of state talks about new hope to end the bloody
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violence in south sudan.
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>> welcome back, this is al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler in new york. a lot to cover this half hour. nigeria's missing girls concern and anger growing around the globe. a stunning estimate of how many were actually kidnapped. how they did it? a new theory that might explain how the ancient egyptians build the pyramids. they call them the thread head. the music and music fans that helped bring back new orleans. richelle, the briefing. >> in odessa in the south of be you ukraine, pro-russian forces in the east.
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more than 500 are nearly dead in a landslide that wiped out an entire north afghanistan village, authorities not helpful. more than 2,000 people thrif there. authorities expect more mudslides in the coming days. and in northern ireland, police have 48 more hours to question gerry adams the leader of the political party sinn fein. being held with the possible commission of a murder. murder in this case was a belfast widow, raising questions about the stability of the province's catholic protestant government. we should know more john. >> thank you richelle. calls mers, the middle east respiratory viers. the health care worker in
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indiana came down with the virus, first detected in 2012. according to the cdc, it is fatal in about a third of the cases. no known treatment. doctor celine gouda joins us. what are the symptoms? >> fever, cough and shortness of breath. >> how dangerous is this? >> it sounds like this is a very scary disease, 30% of patients who contract the disease do die. but at the same time, you have to look at the bigger context. how much transmission is there, and where is the disease located? we knew we were going to see cases in the united states. it is only a matter of time it will and cdc officials have prepared since 2012 for the
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eventuality. at the same time this is not a highly infectious disease, not like the flu or common cold. you have to be in fairly close contact with somebody to come down with it. >> how do you treat it? >> there is actually no effective treatment. supportive measures like oxygen and that sort of thing. >> how have health officials handled it in saudi arabia? >> that is what's been disappointing. in fact the health minister, abdalla rabia was fired over this. he was threatening individuals with firing if they discuss this. has not been released widely. health care workers were told not to wear masks so as not to alarm patients with mers. we have been seeing cases in other countries like the u.k, france teun eas tunisia.
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>> how do we screen health care workers who might have traveled in that area? >> well, unfortunately there's not really a great screening mechanism for that kind of thing. essentially what you need to do is look out with people who come down with symptoms and when you see somebody like that ask them. do you travel to saudi arabia or the middle east in the last 14 days or so? >> how long does it take for symptoms to show up? >> we're thinking from two to 14 days in that ballpark. >> is there a chance for further outbreak in the u.s? >> highly unlikely. we'll probably see spor sporadic cases like we saw today. the centers for disease control has been in contact with others who have been in contact with this patient to make sure there are no other cases. it is unlikely this will lead to other cases. >> doctor good to have you. >> thank you. >> a did diplomatic break
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through in south sudan. the warring parties have agreed to sit down and talk. john kerry has said that without a meeting there is worry about more deaths and famine. >> this meeting between riek machar and salva kiir, how that can be augmented by the discussions regarding a transition government. >> both sides are accused of war crimes and more than a million people have been forced from their homes. now latest on the missing nigeria girls, a story that we continue to follow. and there's more sad news tonight. police now say that many more girls were kidnapped two weeks ago than first reported.
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and there is new criticism that not enough is being done to bring the girls home. yvonne ndege reports. >> there is confusion how many girls were abducted more than two weeks ago. the police now say 276 girls are still missing out of more than 300 who were initially taken. a figure far higher than what was previously reported, by the government and military. the police say it was because there were visiting students from other schools who were initially unaccounted for. some relatives like sambido abana said this might be true. several of his nieces were abducted and are still missing. he came to the capitol to try to pressure the government to try find them. >> there are others, that is from goza area, and from margi
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lhasa, and all these secondary schools, they came from do the same exam. so when parents, we are called to come and write down the -- their children's name, that has been lost, maybe because of distance and communication, those people were not informed. >> sambid observing and many others have taken protest over the government and military's failure to rescue the girls like these one in abuja and legos. but nobody knows for certain where they are. people think the armed group boasboko haram kidnapped them. boak ah haboko haram is not in r
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education. >> unfortunately i think it is far from the treuft when they say that government effort in uncovering the insurgency is a failure. >> but the families are worried that the girls may never be found. various government and security agencies are involved in trying to find the missing girls which may be contributing to the confusion over how many are missing. nigerians are demanding a coordinated response to the abductions from the authorities. yvon d ndege, al jazeera, nigeria. >> founder of a felon profit which serves girls in nigeria and the united states. welcome. >> thank you for having me. >> as a nigerian american living here what was your reaction to this kidnapping? >> i was outraged.
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i'm still very, very traumatized by it. i couldn't believe this is happening in nigeria. i was a victim, my family was a victim of kidnapping before. in 2011 my mom was kidnapped in nigeria, we couldn't find our mom for two weeks. reminded me of that moment when i got the news that my mom was kidnapped. so you can imagine you know the trauma that i felt. and mostly imagining the trauma that these girls are facing, that if they're still alive the trauma that they're dealing with along with what their families are dealing with right now. >> can you explain what is going on in your country right now to americans who are having trouble right now and people around the world are having trouble trying to figure it out. >> as you know, about two weeks ago, a good number of girls were abducted. they were kidnapped.
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234 of them were kidnapped at their boarding school. they were asked to go back to school to take their final exams and they went back and in the middle of the night this group that calls themselves boko haram which means western education is bad, came and took these girls. and it's been two weeks. and nobody knows the whereabouts of these girls. the whole country is looking for these girls and people are just outraged. so we are campaigning. a lot of people, nigerians in the diaspora, are really campaigning going all the way to make sure we put pressure on international community as well as our government to find these girls. >> you know, it would seem -- how difficult could it be to kidnap 300 girls and keep them for two weeks and nobody know where they are? >> you see, nigeria is a very
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complex place. we don't have the kind of media or the kind of people living in villages and some of these areas are very remote, so it's very, very difficult to really navigate these remote areas. finding things or passing out information. and you know -- >> let me just ask you this. do you think people are afraid to speak up? because you would have thought that somebody would have seen something. >> i tell you that people are very much afraid. i'll give you a good example. when my mother was kidnapped, this is totally not about my mom and i don't want to talk about my mom. people are very, very afreight because of their, some harm coming to some of their families. so they are so afraid even whether they know, to speak up,
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or even to challenge the criminals whether they are found. >> so this might be part of the problem, a problem that they're just afraid to speak if they saw something? >> yes, exactly. >> what are you and your organization planning now? >> well, next week saturday may 10th we are planning a rally. we have taken this ral i.q. to e nigerian consulate. >> in new york? >> in new york. we are taking it to the nigerian house. we are demanding you know from the nigerian government to find these girls. we are demanding from the international community to continue to put pressure on the nigerian people to get up and find these girls. it is going otake all of us. i also -- to take all of us. it is not going to be enough for government to explain everything to us. it is going to take the
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responsibility of every nigerian to find all these girls. 234 nigerian girls are innocent. they don't deserve this. >> the world is hoping they find these girls. thank you very much. >> i hope to see you next saturday. >> i do too. >> thank you for having me. >> yes. a series of bombs rocked egypt, a day before election campaigning begins. one bomb went off near a courthouse in cairo. a policeman was killed, three others injured. 14 people dead, no one claimed responsibility, egyptians will voa for vote for a new presidenr this month. nearly 5,000 have died crossing the are u.s. mexican border, be borderland, in the series finale, women making the
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trip face an added challenge. >> father pri presliano takes te women to a nearby pharmacy. >> the fact had women are putting shots because they know they're gt to get raped, we -- going to get raped, understand the circumstances in order to have a better light. >> it's sick to know that as a woman not only do you have to
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worry about getting sick, breaking an ankle, you also have to worry about being raped. this world is an evil world. >> you can watch the final episode of border left-hand on al jazeera america, this sunday, 9:00 p.m. eastern, 6:00 pacific time. the government said today 288,000 jobs were created. the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in more than five years. one big factor, big increase in the number of people who dropped out of the labor force altogether. and up next, just add water. the new theory on how the ancient egyptians were able to build the pyramids. and the music that helped new orleans come back after hurricane katrina.
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is. >> well, the week long storm that's plaguing most of the eastern part of the united states, is still down here in florida. gone through orlando, made their way through parts of tampa as well as the cape. we're going to see this rain tonight and tomorrow. this is the forecast in terms of the warnings still in effect. across the pa be b pan hand pane
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these warnings start to fade out. rainy all weekend unfortunately. even if you are going to the caribbean. we plan to see parts of the u.k. yucatan, the bahamas, it is going to be the temperatures we're going to be seeing over the next three days, witch taff starting on saturday at 97°, oklahoma city at 90. but as we go through rest of the weekend it is really going to be heating up. look at lubbock, almost 100° for you there. look at your national weather, news is coming up right after this.
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>> tonight, the secret of the great pyramids revealed. researchers say they have got the answer to a 4,000 year old question. how were the egyptians able to move stones some that weighed 80
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tons? science and technology expert jake ward has the answer. jake, how is someone supposed to move an 80 ton block of stone across sand? >> the golden gate bridge was an amazing feet, but egyptians moving blocks of stone, without electricity or hydraulics or anything stronger than copper. the tomb of an ancient pharaoh, on this pick toe gram there is a shot basically -- pictogram, that person is pouring liquid onto the sand in front of the sledge. well, a university amsterdam team basically recreated that scene and began to theorize, when you try move a rock cross
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just flat dry sand in the desert a wall of sand builds in front of it. makmaking it almost impossible o move. but if you spray water on top of it, it smooths it out, seems it wasn't alien or magic but fluid dynamics that made it possible to move these rocks to the side of the pyramids. >> that's a great demonstration by the way. >> thank you. >> do you now understand exactly how the pyramids were built? >> well, this really only answers about half of our questions. we still don't know how they got these things up onto the pyramids themselves. there was no technology that would lift 80 tons. the theory of ramps, how you would build a ramp that would
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rise the rock to the pyramid. but no sign of ramps that huge so other theories were that ramples may have zig -- ramps may have zig disag zigzagged up. we still don't know anything about that. but at least this particular demonstration shows us exactly how they got these huge unimagine thattably massive blocks of limestone from the quarry tall way to the site where they built the pyramids. >> might i say a spectacular day at the beam in san francisco, with the golden gate bridge in the back ground. >> it's a hard job i have. >> thanks jake, interesting story. let's go to washington, d.c. adam may, telling us what's happening at the are "america tonight" program. >> good evening, a missing child's case that may have
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turned near cold for washington, d.c. police. eight-year-oleight-year-old rel. her community is still waiting for her to come back home. one of them is a radio host, why he cares so much about relisha. >> i don't care how long it takes. i want to be sure that relisha is found. whatever the case may be, whatever means necessary i wants to make sure she's found. >> lori jane gliha, joins me with her story on mairnt "ameria tonight." >> every friday we like to bring you stories about the arts. the 40th anniversary of the new orleans jazz festival. and red heads helped save new orleans, after the hurricane
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katrina. >> i'm the train they call the city of new orleans ♪ >> after katrina -- new orleans were scattered around the country. i, for example, my wife and i lost everything we had. >> i didn't know what i was going to do. there was no place to play really here in the city. ♪ ♪ >> it was seven years ago, back in 2007, i was at a backyard party, a fund raiser. playing in an acoustic set. >> after our set, a guy came up and said you were great, you should make a record. i said resarcastically, we can't
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even make rent, much less a record. he said, how much do you need? and he said, about $10,000. and he said, where do i send the check? not do i own the music. some people who put up the money only could afford to pay $5 because they've been out of work for a year, but they really wanted to help new orleans. >> they paid back in a year. let's say how could we help other artists and loan it to other musicians. that's the start of threat head records. we loan the music, they keep the masters, they keep everything but then they're required to pay back within a year or so, there have been some who struggled to pay back.
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i believe this, some of the musicians who have struggled to pay back eventually will pay back. >> trying to get support through conventional like record companies and stuff like that is very, very difficult, especially in this day and age. you kind of have to do it yourself or be fortunate enough to come up with threat-heads. >> they have released over $700,000 and released cds, changing the look of new orleans music for years to come. ♪ ♪ >> and the festival wraps up this weekend. a reminder, tomorrow is world press freedom day and an image that caught our attention, our freeze frame comes from the oval office where a crowd of journalists on hand to cover the
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meeting between president obama and german chancellor angela merkel. the headlines are next. i'll see you back here at 11:00 eastern.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm richelle carey. here are tonight's top stories. dozens of people are dead after the worst fighting in ukraine. pro-russian forces took down two ukrainian helicopters, an emergency meeting of the u.n. security council was called by president vladimir putin. thick mud buried hundreds of homes in afghanistan. the government says there is little home o of finding being bodies. secretary of state john kerry says he has secured promises from south sudan's president to hold talks, all in an effort to put an end to the
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country's civil war. both are accused.widespread atrocities and war crimes. get the latest on our website, aljazeera.com. >> on "america tonight," the tipping point. more clashes and bloodshed in ukraine. the elevated warnings from u.s. to russia to stand down. also tonight: the search for relisha. the search for her disappearance. one man's call on the air waves, that relisha is somewhere out there, waiting to come home. >> i saw her picture and it warms my